Participants attending the health radio and solar training session.
A health radio and solar maintenance training was conducted by the Christian Radio Missionary Fellowship (CRMF) over 2 weeks in Goroka, Eastern Highlands Province. The training started on 24th April and ended on 5th May. The training was funded through the North Fly Health Services Development Program (NFHSDP) and the CMCA Middle and South Fly Health Program (CMSFHP) to train health workers from Western Province to help maintain the integrity of the health radio network.
The health radio network is crucial for health facilities in remote areas, especially where mobile phone coverage is poor, to stay connected with other facilities and their supervisors. The radios can be used for clinical consultations, administrative purposes, and health promotion.
The training was attended by 7 participants that included Jack Mike (Kiunga Hospital), Bob Phohoe (ECPNG Health Services), Brian Endomarekop (Catholic Health Services), Aron Philip (Daru Provincial Hospital), Linus Edward and Golinson Wena (both CRMF) and Wanai Hari (Infrastructure Officer, NFHSDP/CMSFHP).
The training consisted of theory sessions with topics such as solar sizing, battery sizing, fault finding and telomast setting. It also included practical hands-on training on these topics in which participants were sent out for a new HF radio and solar installation in a local church yard.
The overall performance and cooperation between the trainers and participants was very good. “There were a lot of new things that I learnt during the training that I never knew” said Wanai Hari. Mr. Hari went on to explain that in the past he only relied on his own experience and know-how whenever he was attending to installation and maintenance at the facilities. “I recommend that this training be run next year as we would need at least 3 more officers in Western Province with this training to assist us going forward,” Hari said.
All participants were given certificates to acknowledge their training participation that certifies them to do repairs, maintenance and installation of both health radios and solar. Each participant was also presented a toolbox kit that contained tools such as pliers, a multimeter, a screwdriver set, soldering equipment and accessories that will help them when carrying out installation and maintenance works at health facilities.
Participants with their completion certificates and the CRMF trainers.